Sunday, January 5, 2014

ANIME REVIEW: SHIKI

SHIKI

Producers: Aniplex, Daume, Dentsu, FUNimation entertainment, Fuji TV.

Original run: July 9, 2010 to December 31, 2010.

Episodes: 22.

Manga by : Ryu Fujisaki, (based on Fuyumi Ono’s novel)


Synopsis:


During a fiercely hot summer, a mysterious family moves into the quiet little village of Sotoba. At the
same time, a wave of unexplained deaths begins. The deceased all showing signs of anaemia and what
look like insect bites. Sounds familiar? , some of you are no doubt thinking "Oh, it’s another vampire story”. Shiki certainly is that, no doubt. But, at the same time it is a refreshingly new and engaging story.
Once you look past some of the more quirky character designs, Shiki's appealing side appears. The vampires, called ‘shiki’ in series are not your obviously evil, soulless monstrosities of tradition. Nor are they the sparkling EMO teens of modern literature. They are people, each one a unique individual. The struggle for survival is played out from the perspectives of both humans and the shiki. The shiki are simply trying to survive and find a safe place to live. The humans are simply defending themselves. So which side is the audience supposed to root for? Not an easy question to answer. By the end, both sides have quite some blood on their hands,and have done some very questionable things. The cast is large and diverse, the plot is well paced and ultimately, Shiki is a dark and compelling tale.


YouTube trailer:



Rating: 4/5.

Blog by : Shuvo Das.